ARDA, the foremost Development Communication NGO, with over 20 years of changing norms and
behaviours through drama and entertainment, is excited to celebrate
International Women’s Month with the production of The
Wives’ Revolt, a stage play by the literary icon, JP
When a small community in the Niger-Delta receives a payout from
the oil company drilling their land, it turns out to be the kindling that
stokes the flames of revolution in the women of the town. The money is to be
shared three ways- elders, men, and women- with the community elders getting
the lion’s share.
of the town, who have long suffered injustice and marginalization, complain
about the unfairness of this arrangement; the elders are also men, meaning they
enjoy a second helping from the payout.
The women’s complaints are silenced in a ridiculous way involving
accusations of witchcraft.
these accusations lead to further hardships on them, including loss of their
livelihoods, the women in “one might and mind” say enough is enough and take action
in a most unorthodox way.
As we celebrate International Women’s Month and reflect on its
theme of #Balanceforbetter, we bring to you The Wives’ Revolt, a play about the
marginalisation of women and the injustices they face in life, and what happens
when women in one community decide to stand up against their oppressors and
oppression with the support of a few good men. The play seeks to highlight the
ignorance and unconsciousness of men on certain issues that remain important to
though nearly four decades have passed since The Wives’ Revolt was first
staged, the themes of gender inequality and misogyny remain relevant today.
Some things have changed for the better, but there is still a lot of work to be
done, and we hope our production inspires a positive revolution towards more
gender equality in our day to day lives.
The play features a stellar cast comprising some of Nigeria’s
finest Theatre exports, Toyin Oshinaike, Zara Udofia
Ejoh, and Albert Akaeze as
directed by Toritseju Ejoh.
on the 29th of March 2019 with a command performance
and two public showings at 3 pm and 7 pm on the 31st of
March 2019 at the Agip recital hall of the Muson center Lagos.
Date: Friday, March 29th and Sunday, March 31st, 2019 Time: 3
pm and 7 pm respectively. Venue: Agip recital hall of the
Muson center Lagos.